To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies

Lancashire Green Tourism Project

Wednesday, 22nd April 2009

on behalf of Forest of Bowland AONB

Lancashire aiming to become a green tourism county

A new three year project is helping to develop Lancashire as a green tourism county. 

The Project is designed to help tourism businesses and organisations that wish to operate in a more environmentally friendly manner to achieve the Green Tourism Business Scheme accreditation and work together to develop sustainable tourism activities and to promote Lancashire as a sustainable tourism destination.

Fifteen businesses will receive Green Tourism Business Awards on Thursday 23rd April 2009 after meeting a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management and biodiversity.  The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) is a national sustainable tourism certification scheme. It is the largest and most established scheme of its type in the UK.

The Lancashire Green Tourism Project is being delivered by the Forest of Bowland AONB team, in partnership with Lancashire County Developments Ltd and Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board, with support from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).

Lancashire County Councillor Mary Wilson says: “These awards are an important step towards achieving our aim of making Lancashire a genuinely green tourism county.  Sustainability and green issues are becoming increasingly important for people travelling in the UK.  Meeting the requirements of this scheme therefore not only benefits the environment but also the businesses who get involved.”

The businesses that have been successful in getting the GTBS accreditation include bed and breakfast provider Cobden Farm in the Sabden Valley near Clitheroe.  The farm’s owners have taken a number of environmental measures including recycling as much waste as possible, using eco products for cleaning and washing clothes and using low energy light bulbs, recycled paper and bin bags.

Another Green Tourism success story is Grisedale Farm B&B at Leighton near Carnforth.  Their environmental measures include setting up their own recycling system for all glass, plastic bottles, tin cans and newspapers.  They shop locally to reduce their carbon footprint and support local retailers.   

The owners rescued 18 battery hens, giving them an improved life, and providing fresh eggs for the B&B.  In addition, they are helping with the restoration of the reed beds at Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve to improve the habitat of the Bittern, one of Britain’s rarest birds.

Samlesbury Hall near Preston will also be receiving the GTBS award for their success as a sustainable tourism business.  This splendid 14th Century Manor House includes a gallery and shop where people can sample Lancashire’s finest, from locally produced food and drink to creative art and design.  There is also a wildflower maze, a miniature farm and a kitchen garden where organic produce is grown.

There are now a total of 33 businesses in Lancashire in the GTBS and the Lancashire Green Tourism Project aims to help at least 35 more businesses achieve the accreditation by 2011.

In addition, the Project plans to create 6 new tourism business clusters in the Forest of Bowland AONB, further developing sustainable tourism in the area and complementing the area’s high quality environment and protected area status. Business clusters will include guided walks, Tramper vehicles for people with limited mobility and the 'Bowland Experience'.

Contact for press information is: Hetty Byrne, Forest of Bowland AONB, Sustainable Tourism Officer hetty.byrne@lancashire.gov.uk

RSS feeds

News

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

January 2010

December 2009

November 2009

October 2009

September 2009

August 2009

July 2009

June 2009

May 2009

April 2009

March 2009

February 2009

December 2008

June 2008

May 2008

Contact Us

For more information, practical advice and support, call Marketing Lancashire on:

01772 426450.